Dodgers finalize coaching staff, without Gabe Kapler

first_imgNew Dodgers manager Dave Roberts at last has a coaching staff. The new-look group includes pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and seven newcomers: Hitting coach Turner Ward, assistant hitting coach Tim Hyers, first base coach George Lombard, third base coach Chris Woodward, bullpen coach Josh Bard and quality assurance coach Juan Castro.Maybe the biggest surprise was a name not on the list: Gabe Kapler.Kapler, the runner-up for the manager’s job, is returning for a second year as the club’s director of player development. He was a candidate for a position on the coaching staff but instead will helm a farm system that will employ several new managers and coaches in 2016. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I examined this decision from many angles. I am perpetually inspired by our staff and players on the minor league side,” Kapler said. “We have several invigorating initiatives that are still in their infancy, and I want to see those through. At the end of the day, I’m simply invested in what we have just begun to build in Player Development. This is the appropriate role for me to impact the Dodgers most powerfully.”Roberts said Kapler “was definitely in the mix” for a field staff job. “I think at the end of the day, talking to his family, remaining in his role as farm director made the most sense to him as well as for the organization itself,” Roberts said.Honeycutt is entering his 11th year as the Dodgers’ pitching coach. Veteran catching consultant Steve Yeager, and bullpen catchers Rob Flippo and Steve Cilladi, will also return. So will Maury Wills, a bunting and baserunning instructor during spring training.The Dodgers haven’t employed a quality assurance coach in their history, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman had one during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays. center_img Castro’s job will be similar to the one Tim Bogar and Todd Greene held in Tampa, “but slightly different in that we are designing for what we need,” Friedman said.Roberts liked the fact Castro, whose 17-year (1995-2011) major league career began and ended with the Dodgers, speaks Spanish. He will not be in uniform during games.“During batting practice and staff meetings, he’ll be on the field, in the clubhouse, in the dugout,” Roberts said, “but at the time of the game, he’s watching the game in the clubhouse on the screen or up top, seeing the whole big picture.”Roberts said he had the final say on all coaching hires, despite not having worked with many of them before. That includes Geren, who was previously the Mets and A’s bench coach sandwiched around four years as the manager in Oakland. Honeycutt was the Dodgers’ minor league pitching coordinator when Roberts played in Los Angeles.Of all the coaches, Roberts said he’s closest to Bard, a teammate in San Diego. He was in the Dodgers’ scouting department last year.Overall, it’s a diverse group. Ward was the hitting coach in Arizona the past two years. Woodward spent the past two years as the Seattle Mariners’ first base coach. Hyers was previously the minor league hitting coordinator for the Boston Red Sox, while Lombard was Boston’s minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.“This process took a while to kind of finalize,” Roberts said. “They wanted to be careful and do their due diligence. When you’re looking to the end of November, guys are locked in. It’s a smaller pool (of candidates). “To come away with the staff we have, I feel very fortunate.”last_img read more

Nations Cup team named for Spanish championship

first_img17 Feb 2016 Nations Cup team named for Spanish championship England’s team for the Nations Cup event at the Spanish women’s amateur championship will be the internationals Gemma Clews, Sammie Giles and Sophie Lamb. All three were all members of England’s winning team at the 2015 women’s Home Internationals. The Spanish championship takes place at Escorpion Golf Club from 2-6 March. The Nations Cup event will be played on the first two days, during the stroke play qualifying for the matchplay stages. The best two scores from three will count in each of the two rounds. The players: Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest) had top ten finishes in last year’s English women’s amateur and the Scottish and Irish stroke play championships. She tied 20th in the European Amateur and represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. Sammie Giles, 21, (St Mellion) is the English women’s stroke play champion, adding it to her win in the 2014 English mid-amateur. She was sixth in the English women’s amateur and won the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe) was runner-up in the 2015 England Girls’ Order of Merit for 2015 and sixth on the women’s table. She was also runner-up in the ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2015 in Sweden. She was England’s leading scorer in the recent Portuguese Amateur, finishing 21st.last_img read more

Sea Bright Taxes To Rise By Two Cents

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Borough residents will be facing a more than two-cent increase in the municipal portion of their tax bill.The Borough Council on Tuesday voted 5-0 to adopt its 2012 municipal which contains a 2.6 cent increase for every $100 of assessed property value, with the municipal tax rate going to .765 cents.For the average $300,000 home in the borough, that translates to a $78 annual increase in the tax bill, according to Michael Bascomb, the borough’s chief financial officer.The largest expenses associated with the approximately $3.9 million budget, are police salaries and pensions, debt service for substantial capital projects and employee health insurance costs. Bascomb said.“We’re working to stay within our range,” of expenses, with the budget coming in under the state mandated 2 percent levy cap, he said.The borough utilized $520,000 of its approximately $793,000 surplus to help offset costs, he said.Officials were forced to enact an $11,000 emergency expenditure last year to address damage to the borough’s beaches from Hurri cane Irene. But the beach utility, which operates the borough resource, is self-sustaining, Bascomb said.When the budget was introduced on March 20, Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman William Keeler blamed the loss of state aid for contributing to the tax hike, saying the borough stood to lose $135,000 this year.Much of that money, Bascomb explained, is the loss from the state’s administering the energy tax.Municipalities are complaining that the energy tax was established to provide some local property tax relief, Bascomb said. However, he continued, the state does the collecting and hasn’t provided all that was promised, in essence, shortchanging the towns.The borough tax rate is actually about $1,000 less than the state average, he said.last_img read more

The Two River Times Wins 6 Top Awards in Newspaper Contest

first_imgRED BANK – The Two River Times won several awards in the New Jersey Press Associations 2017 Better Newspaper Contest, the trade association announced Wednesday.In the Editorial contest for weekly papers with circulation under 6,500, reporter Jay Cook won the first place, Responsible Journalism – First Amendment Award for his coverage of how government transparency was reinforced by a recent Open Public Records Act decision. His story also highlighted the efforts of local citizen activists in Middletown and Holmdel who regularly attend government meetings, film the proceedings and share on social media.Cook also won a second place feature writing award for his photos and story about a Middletown equine therapy program that pairs horses and military veterans suffering from PTSD, and another second place feature award for his article about the retirement of Rumson’s popular mail carrier, photographed by Tina Colella.His story about the threat to the state’s fluke fishing industry, as felt in the Atlantic Highlands and Belford fishing communities, won third place in the business and economics writing category.Senior reporter John Burton was honored for his coverage of elections and politics for his body of work, as exemplified by articles about former state Sen. Jennifer Beck’s reflection on her 2017 election loss, local Republican energy heading into the 2017 elections and an interview with the county Democrats’ new chairman, David Brown.Writer Mary Ann Bourbeau won a first place award for a feature about the relationship of Fair Haven illustrator Mike Quon and his 103-year-old father, Milton Quon, one of Disney’s original animators. Both Quons hosted an art exhibit in Red Bank last year.News editor Christina Johnson won first place for a portfolio of headline writing, for titles such as “Red Bank Merchants Circle Round, Looking for a Way Out of Parking Problems.”In the Advertising category of the contest, production manager Chris Draper won three first place awards in the weekly under 6,500 division for Best Real Estate Ad (Public Open House), Best Ad for Retail Business (Holiday Gift Certificate) and Best Community Service or Shared Ad (Fair Haven Holiday).Draper also took second place awards for Best Use of Small Space-Black and White (One of a Kind Gift Boxes) and Best Large Space Ad-Color (Does Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer?)last_img read more

Allaire State Park Expands

first_imgFor the township, everyacre that gets preserved isone less acre that can getbuilt on. WALL TOWNSHIP – Allaire State Park, a 3,278-acre home to oak and pine trees, wildlife and even a river, was expanded by nearly 200 acres in a deal that keeps the forested land in Wall Township along Route 34 from ever being developed. By Philip Sean Curran “They’ve already gotan extensive set of trailsthrough the existing park,”Kastning said. “I imaginethey’ll extend those trails.But they want to keep it inits natural state.” The former Fred McDowell property in Wall Township will now be preserved as a part of Allaire State Park.Photo courtesy the State of New Jersey The MCF, a Lincroft-based nonprofit that preserves open space and farmland around the county as part of its mission, said the sale closed Aug. 29. “It’s not a major acquisition in terms of adding a significant amount of size to the park,” Kastning said of the 190 acres in Wall. “But it is significant because it could have been developed instead and it protects a habitat and a forest.” The state must now determine how it intends to use the newly acquired property, at a park where there are trails, camping sites and other amenities for the public to enjoy. A spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection could not be reached for comment. Wall Township Mayor Kevin P. Orender said the concrete had been dumped in the woods during work on I-195, “so we’re going to help them get it out of there.” Kastning said the township and the state are providing labor, Wall also is providing equipment and the foundation will provide dumpsters through a donation from one of its board members. Kastning said the property had to be appraised by two certified appraisers and the parties had to resolve who would be responsible for removing concrete from part of the site. “Over a year or (more), we had conversations to determine the price and various caveats to the deal,” Kastning said. “So what we negotiated, then, was a deal that involves Wall Township, the state parks system and MCF, where we’d agree to, within one year after the closing, we’d remove the surface concrete.” The Murphy administration and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF) pooled $3.8 million to buy the property from the estate of Wall resident Fred McDowell, a businessman who died in 2016. The MCF provided $201,000 and the state provided the rest. “It was critical because, for decades, the state park system has wanted this property since it abuts Allaire,” MCF executive director William Kastning said. “Anything that increases an existing park, whether it be a state park, county park or a local municipality park, is good. So it provided not only additional habitat and also trail opportunity associated with Allaire, but it also prevented the development of the site.” He said the zoning for the land would have allowed the property to be developed, possibly for residential housing. This is not the first time the conservation foundation and the state have joined forces. Kastning said the state was involved in a deal in Upper Freehold to help acquire 1,200 acres that used to be a nursery. “I’m not a fan of affordable housing, we’re mandated by the state to do this,” Orender said. “Any way, shape or form we can limit where we’re going to build, it’s a win for everyone. So I like to keep as much property as green as possible.” The Monmouth Conservation Foundation, a 42-year-old organization, was involved in a project with Monmouth County to help acquire land in the River Plaza section of Middletown that became Swimming River Park.last_img read more

Decision on IPL Kochi franchisee likely to be taken today

first_imgSuspense over the fate of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee, Kochi, will finally end as the Governing Council meets on Sunday to take a decision on the issue amidst legal hurdles being faced by the BCCI.”A final decision on the Kochi franchisee will be taken on Sunday,” a senior Governing Council member told PTI.The Governing Council had last week deferred its decision on the franchisee for the third time last week in Nagpur, after the investors reached a last-minute shareholding agreement.Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the IPL, Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of the event due to the shareholding dispute between the consortium’s investors.The investors — Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave — hold 74 per cent of the equity.The remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaikwad family –Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World — as free equity for services rendered while bidding.It is this 26 per cent, which became a bone of contention among the stakeholders, as the investors were in no mood to give free equity to the Gaikwad family.The Gaikwads, on their part, initially refused to part with the equity but have now agreed to forego at least 15 per cent of it after the investors-group threatened to withdraw from the IPL, threatening the very existence of the franchisee, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, a franchisee source said.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Vance Bedford Demoted from Defensive Coordinator after Oklahoma State Game

first_imgJust a day after being lit up for nearly half-a-hundred at Boone Pickens Stadium, Texas coach Charlie Strong has elected to demote defensive coordinator Vance Bedford to coach the secondary. The move was first reported by Rivals’ site Orangebloods.com. Vance Bedford will coach the secondary with Clay Jennings.— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) October 3, 2016Texas has given up 47, 7, 50 and 49 in four games this season, with the past two coming against air-raid attacks in Cal and OSU.Mason Rudolph had a field day throwing across the middle on Saturday, finishing with 392 passing yards on just 19 attempts, and members of the Texas secondary looked less than impressive trying to bring down OSU receivers with poor tackling.Strong called his defensive efforts to this point “unacceptable” in a press conference on Monday. “So I’m going to run the defense. I’m going to coach the defense,” he said.Texas faces Oklahoma on Saturday in the Red River Showdown.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Reporter must give RCMP material about accused terrorist Supreme Court

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says a reporter must give the RCMP material he gathered for stories about an accused terrorist.The decision is likely to be seen as a defeat for media that could leave them vulnerable to serving as investigative arms of the police.In 2014, Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch wrote three articles about the involvement of Farah Shirdon, formerly of Calgary, with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.Exchanges between Makuch and Shirdon through a text-messaging service were crucial to the stories.The RCMP obtained a production order under the Criminal Code that directed Vice Media and Makuch to hand over documents and data related to communications with Shirdon.Makuch brought an application to quash the production order, but it was dismissed — a decision upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal and now the Supreme Court.More to come…last_img read more

GTA home sales average prices climb higher in contrast to Vancouver drop

first_imgTORONTO – Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area climbed significantly in July in a divergence from the latest numbers in Vancouver.Residential home sales were up 18.6 per cent in the GTA for the month compared with last July, the Toronto Real Estate Board said Friday.The average selling price of the 6,961 homes that changed hands during the month rose 4.8 per cent on an annual basis to $782,129.July’s climb follows a 2.4 per cent increase in June sales compared with a year earlier after a steep sales drop of 22.2 per cent in May.“The positive results over the last two months are encouraging,” said TREB president Garry Bhaura.The results from Toronto show a trend towards stabilization and a more balanced market, said TD Economist Rishi Sondhi.“It’s improving. It still has a ways to go to get back to the levels it was at before, but overall the market appears to be healthy.”Results from Toronto are a contrast to Metro Vancouver, where the real estate board said Thursday that home sales tumbled to their lowest level in 18 years.The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board said 2,070 properties changed hands in July in a 30 per cent plunge compared to the same month last year.The general divergence in markets comes after the B.C. government pushed forward with further measures to cool the housing market in February while Ontario has held off, said Sondhi.“The market’s still sort of contending with those measures as well, and that’s causing sort of a wedge, year to date.”Toronto’s housing market is stabilizing following the shock from the federal government’s tighter mortgage rules that came into force in January, said Scotiabank Economics vice-president Derek Holt.“This fits our broad narrative that the second half of 2018 would begin to witness stronger housing figures as the transitory shock from tightened macroprudential rules ebbs,” he said in a note.Sondhi said TD also expects the market to improve later in the year, but said sales growth will be tempered by rising interest rates and the continued effects of the tighter mortgage rules.The Toronto real estate board also reported 13,868 new listings during the month, including 4,511 in Toronto alone, but the overall GTA figure was down by 1.8 per cent year-over-year.The city recorded 2,574 sales in July at an average price of $824,336, while in the rest of the GTA, the 4,387 properties sold last month fetched an average price of $757,365.Detached homes sold in Toronto were the most expensive, with an average price of $1.35 million. The average detached home price in the rest of the GTA was $907,347.TREB said while the MLS home price index composite benchmark during the month was down slightly compared to July 2017, the annual growth rate “looks to be trending toward positive territory in the near future.”The Ottawa Real Estate Board said Friday that sales in the city were up 5.9 per cent for July compared to last year with 1,614 homes sold, above the five-year average of 1,501 sales for July.last_img read more

Mounties arrest three men during busy Tuesday in Grande Prairie

first_img43 year-old Surrey resident Brent Blanchard has been charged with assaulting a police officer, attempting to disarm a police officer, and mischief. Blanchard is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on March 26th.At approximately 5:30 that same afternoon, officers were conducting patrols when they observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of 74 Avenue and Poplar Drive. The vehicle was pulled over, and during a subsequent search of the vehicle, police seized a loaded handgun.The vehicles two occupants, 21 year-old Edmonton resident Harsh Jindal and 18 year-old Paul Stephenson of Beaumont, have both been charged with 11 offences, including possession of a restricted firearm and ammunition without a licence, possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property under $5000. Stephenson has also been charged with obstructing a peace officer.The pair have since been released from custody, and are set to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial court on March 21st. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Mounties in Grande Prairie had a busy day Tuesday, arresting three men in two separate incidents.At approximately 3:00 a.m. on March 6th, the RCMP responded to a disturbance complaint at a Motel on the city’s north side. Upon arrival, officers located a man who was agitated, and asked him to leave the premises.The man was uncooperative and police attempted to place him under arrest. According to Cpl. Shawn Graham, the became combative and attempted to disarm one of the officers, but was quickly thwarted and taken into custody.last_img read more